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  1. Hello lovely. I know completely where you're at. I have a rare genetic bleeding disorder, and last year I spent about 4 months ( a cumulative total) in bed unable t do much at all because I'd stopped responding to my medication and was having severe bleeds. I also got frustrated and user not knowing what was going on and not being able to do some really basic things at times like make a cup of tea or even get t the bathroom unaided, let alone exercise. I had a realisation that while I couldn't d much for myself at all, I could choose to eat good food. Some days that was the only thing I a dived for myself - to eat a few nutrient dense meals. At points it was the only thing keeping my self esteem up, but it was an achievement so I took it! I wish you all the best for finding your way through your medical challenges. Message me if you'd like to chat.
  2. praxisproject - I cackled when I saw your comment above. We do the exact same thing at our local Woolworths with coconut cream too! Bec PM - welcome to a wonderful club! Good luck with your Whole30 and touch base if you need any support. If you'd like any tea recommendations, feel free to PM me. I work for a Tasmanian tea company, and there are lots of options if you'd like something that's not water but still compliant.
  3. We have a new juice bar in Hobart that does nut milks too! Australia is getting cool you guys!
  4. Oh wow! That's amazing Jenn! Imagine what you can now do with more than 30 days!
  5. Congrats to everyone here! Getting through the 30 days is an amazing achievement.
  6. Sandy - were you intending on doing reintros on rice and quinoa anyway? I did after my first whole30 because they're widely available options and its good to know if you're at someone else's place or out to lunch if you can have them safely. If you were planning on doing reintros anyway, give it a test (in a controlled way) and then see if you want to have them on a semi- or more regular basis. It doesn't have to feel like an obligation or a need, just give it a go and see how you react. If you react badly, then chat to your nutritionist a bit more next visit. Don't forget, these things can take longer than 30 days to heal or even see signs of improvement. My other half used to get horrible seasonal allergies, and it wasn't until after the second seasonal change that he noticed he was having less symptoms. Good luck!
  7. You definitely don't have to stop. The Whole30 is a learning tool to work out which foods fuel and serve you best, and if what you're doing right now is working, there's not need to change! Though I have to say that the real learning often comes with the reintros. That's when you can really test how you cope with some things. There will often be one or two things you won't need to reintroduce because its so damn obvious what they do to you, but others you will want to test. But don't feel you now have to "go back" or anything! BUT - when we all inevitably cave to a craving or get dosed with something (an inevitable part of riding your own bike), you'll go through a process of working it out of your system. I loved this post from Sarah Wilson (a paleo advocate, health coach and hashimotos patient) - http://www.sarahwilson.com/2013/08/i-ate-sugar/. THere's several posters in the comments that think she has an eating disorder or is orthorexic, but I hope you all understand that the apprehension she felt about eating what she did wasn't because she has a bad relationship with food, but because she knows what those particular items do to her and her illness and wasn't looking forward to dealing with it. Which I totally understand! Let me know what you think!
  8. I'm having a few rule breaks over the weekend, but I'm hoping to pop into a pharmacy to test my blood pressure on Thursday or Friday. I think that I have a very mild casein sensitivity (primarily caused by the drugs I'm on, but due to that pre-existing inflammation from the drugs I think its still making a difference to my blood pressure). Sorry, that's all a bit confusing isn't it! Lets see if this post from last year helps: http://mymissingfactor.com/a-very-unlike-me-shout-from-the-rooftops/ Lets share some wins! How is everyone doing this close to the end? I've been having some inflammation issues around my belly for the last 3 months or so, and I've seen that all fall away in the last week or two. I've also had a cold that knocked my other half flat pass me by (which is most unusual for me!), and the injury healing benefits (for me as a bleeding disorder patient) kept coming - I accidentally dropped a wardrobe drawer on my foot a week ago and it didn't swell or bleed into tissue or joints it just slightly bruised and I can now plank on it again. My friend who I did this with has had amazing results! She's started to see weight shift that has been stubborn over the last year (despite being mostly paleo ish), an injury from a car crash 8 weeks ago has healed to the point her chiro hasn't needed to continue readjustments, and her relationship with food has massively changed. Through experience and reading the why in ISWF, she has motivation and purpose (which you all know is so important!). Very proud of her! Only 2 days left for most of us, finish strong everyone!
  9. You can do it beckylinn!
  10. jenna@mymissingfactor

    Spotting/bleeding?

    wholevern, not necessarily. Clotting factor, another element of when you bleed, is controlled in part by hormone levels too, so again in changing your food these might have a small drop in level which would mean you might spot of bleed. I experience that a lot, despite being on bc for over a decade because I have an inherited bleeding disorder (my body doesn't produce enough of one of the clotting factors).
  11. Maybe genuinely, without any snark, just curiosity, ask "How would you know?" or "Do you honestly think I am less healthy now than a year ago?" I doubt she'd be able to answer that.
  12. And on a compliant recipe note, here is one from Luke Hines, paleo advocate, former My Kitchen Rules contestant (Australian reality show) and was the MC for the recent Pete Evans/Nora Gedgaudas tour of Australia - http://trainerluke.com/recipes/2014/8/8/whole-baked-ocean-trout Looks like a great day celebration meal!
  13. Jenn - I now almost exclusively make my own chocolate so I can make it added sweetener free. I do something like this: http://www.sarahwilson.com/2012/04/my-sugar-free-raspberry-ripe-2/ without rice malt syrup. I now prefer my chocolate super dark, and find adding bits in like fruit, nuts of coconut flakes is enough sweetness or flavour. Its also a great way to use up pulp from making almond milk (if you're that way inclined! Its my go-to option for a period too. No nasty sugar in there (even "natural" ones like RMS or honey - it all increases my pain!) and lots of good fat for assisting hormone balancing. Perfection!
  14. Yes, there's a huge difference between gluten free and gluten free products! That's another option Sandy - don't reintroduce anything and keep going for another 14, 21, 30 days to really make sure your body is on the right track! If its working, why change it? At first, last year, I got sick of my breakfast a few times, and I'd try something else once, maybe twice, but always be drawn back to my mince, eggs and veggie moosh (no other word for it really!). Sometimes a bit of confirmation is also a great thing! Let us know how the breakfast experimentation goes!
  15. Great motivations Gypsy! Clothes that Make the Girl, Well Fed and Nom Nom Paleo should all have some great sauce options on their sites (not to mention in ISWF). I've not made to many I must confess, we like to use butter/ghee by itself, or spiced/herb coconut cream/milk.